About a year or so ago, the hubster and I started researching and building our very own hydroponics system. We had seen ‘towers’ advertised, but once the hubster saw the price tag, he quickly told me we would be building our own.
It’s been an adventure, to say the very least. A lot of trial and error with building materials, nutrients, and daily care. The holding tank has gone dry, algae has formed, and insects have taken hold, but we are taking notes and definitely learning along the way.
This was/is our first system set up.
An ebb and flow system in the middle with Dutch buckets on the ends.
It’s a great set up, but we are ready to expand.
We are hoping to add a few solid rows of strawberries that we can keep growing year round, along side other veggies and herbs.
Being able to grow your own vegetables is such a blessing. We had a beautiful Potager (Kitchen garden) going before, but had, and still have, a root nematode problem that we just can’t get rid of. It was after trying to hot box, organic sprays, and all other sorts of means of attack on those little buggers, that we decided to try something different.
And even though we still have a lot of learning to do, we feel comfortable enough to expand to state two.
Here is where the hubster shines.
I am a VERY VERY blessed wife. My husband LOVES to work outside and better yet, build things. So how things work around here is this:
I do the research – He makes the plans – I approve and or add my thoughts on the plans – He builds – He requests certain veggies – and than I plant tend the plants and nutrients.
A pretty good set up if you ask me.
Stage Two is under construction. I’m thinking we should all ready to go by the time our seedlings are ready for the late August, early September planting!
It’s all very exciting!
Keeping on top of the nutrients and watching to make sure the tanks are full is so much easier, at least in my opinion, than pulling weeds and fighting off soil bugs.
Yes, we still get the normal veggie insects that attack the actual plant, but with some regular organic spraying, we have been able to keep them somewhat at bay.
If you’re interested in learning more about hydroponics, I highly suggest just Googling hydroponic vegetable gardening. You’ll be surprised at how much great information is out there to help you.